Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery

As a place featured in the legends of Robin Hood, the Castle does not disappoint tourists and visitors to Nottingham. Now more of a mansion than the medieval fort that one might expect, Nottingham Castle is home to some regional and national gems.

As the first municipal art gallery in the UK, the building was remodeled and restored by architect Thomas Chambers Hine in 1875.  The new interiors were modeled around the idea of a top-lit picture gallery as featured in the Grande Galerie of the Louvre in Paris.  To find out more about the history of the building NVA recommends visiting the Nottingham Civic Society Website.

In addition to a museum of Nottingham history and archeology, the Castle is home to several excellent gallery spaces, including a traditional long gallery with an impressive collection of historical works, and more temporary exhibition spaces. Works on display range from Laura Knight, Richard Parks Bonington and Dante Gabriel Rosetti to more contemporary exhibitions. Recent temporary exhibitions have included Andy Warhol retrospective; The British Art Show and Gemma Pardoe's Finisterre. To find out what's on now, visit Nottingham City Council's website.

Opening Times:

March - October
Open Tuesday - Sunday, 10am - 5pm (last admission 4.30pm)
November - February
Open Tuesday - Sunday, 10am - 4pm (last admission 3.30pm)

The Castle is closed on Mondays, except Bank Holidays.

The Castle will be closed on 24th, 25th, 26th & 31st December 2012, & 1st January 2013

Admission Charges

  • Adults - £5.50
  • Concessions (under 16s, over 60s & students) - £4
  • Under 5s - FREE
  • Family Ticket (2 adults and up to 3 children) - £15
  • Groups - 1 free ticket for every 10 purchased
  • City residents with a valid Citycard can gain entry Tuesday - Friday for just £1.  These £1 tickets are valid on the day of purchase only.
  • Carers accompanying disabled visitors will remain free of charge.

The Museum of Nottingham Life is now open for general admission on the first  Saturday and Sunday of each month from 11am - 4pm, until the end of March. The joint admission ticket for Nottingham Castle and The Museum of Nottingham Life is now available.  For further information visit The Museum of Nottingham Life page.

For group information or bookings please contact Nottingham Castle on 0115 9153700 or Email:

Season tickets

Are you a regular visitor to Nottingham Castle? 
If so you could save money with one of our great value weekday season tickets.  

These tickets are valid Tuesday - Friday, and provide full access to all the Castle's galleries, exhibitions and grounds for a single fee. Season tickets are available from time of purchase until 31 March. 

Nottingham city residents (weekday season ticket, Tuesday - Friday)
Adult Single £8
Family £12 (2 Adults and 3 Children)

Non-city residents (weekday season ticket, Tuesday - Friday)
Adult Single £15
Family £20 (2 Adults and 3 Children)

Prices may be subject to change. 

How to get There

By car: Follow signs from M1 for Nottingham city centre, then follow brown tourist signs.  The postcode for the Castle for your sat nav is NG1 6EL (but please remember there is no parking on site except for disabled visitors).

Parking: Parking on site for visitors with disabilities only. Public car parks are nearby, for details of City Council car parks click here. Nottingham City Council operates the Nottingham Castle pay-and-display car park on Canal Street (NG1 7EH) with all-day parking available for £5. No height restriction applies, so it is suitable for minibuses. The Broadmarsh multi-storey car park on Collin Street (NG1 7EQ) is also within five minutes of Nottingham Castle.

On foot: 10 - 15 minute walk from Nottingham city centre or train station.

Public transport: Call the Travel Centre on 0115 950 6070 or plan your journey online

Tourist information: 0844 4775678
Nottingham Castle Museum And Art Gallery
Castle Place
United Kingdom